DATES: 29th September 2014

Time:  9am -– 5pm

COST: €245 Member Rate/€295 Non Member Rate

LOCATION: Sheraton Hotel Athlone.

Places are Limited


The Users Conference will be a chance to network, share experiences, and learn more about True Lean.  Companies just like your's will present their successes and challenges on the lean journey.

Why attend?

Attend for affirmation.....
Whether you feel the challenges on your true lean journey are overwhelming or your journey is going smoothly hearing how others are progressing will increase your knowledge and boost your confidence.  Take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions, perhaps questions you wouldn't have known to ask before hearing about other companies' implementations.

Attend for confirmation...
Is my company on track?  Are we moving in the right direction?  Are we performing the correct activities?  Is our experience in line with that of others?

Attend to build relationships...
Connect to people in your industry and see a different perspective from those in other industries.  Spend time sharing your lean stories with those who will have their own stories to share.

Attend for a status check...
Connect to people in your industry and see a different perspective from those in other industries.  Spend time sharing your lean stories with those who will have their own stories to share.

Attend for a status check...
How far has my company travelled and how quickly did we get here?  Is our rate of implementation OK?  How do we compare with other companies?

Who should attend?
...facilitators.....lean leaders and care.....administrators.......human resources food franchisees.........

.........if you are engaged in a process to run your organization you can benefit from attending our conference.

Trainer:  Center of Manufacturing, University of Kentucky

Pete Gritton, Adjunct Professor at the University of Kentucky Center for Lean. Pete is the former VP of Human Resources at Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing, North America. He was one of Toyota’s first North American hires. Pete retired in 2009 after twenty-two years of service. Since retirement, Pete has been partnering with global corporations and organizations on the People Side of Lean. He also coaches individual executives and works with executive teams on strategic planning – Hoshin Kanri. His work has included Union Pacific, Kerry Foods, Invest Northern Ireland and the Irish Center for Business Excellence.

Cheryl G. Jones

Cheryl has experience in various aspects of manufacturing and administration within Toyota as Vice President of Toyota Engineering and Manufacturing of America (retired 2009). She is a proven leader, team coordinator and facilitator of change.

Cheryl was a member of the startup management team for Toyota’s first North American manufacturing facility in Georgetown Kentucky. She began her career as an assembly manufacturing supervisor eventually achieving Vice President of Manufacturing during her 22 years with the company. In 1990 she was chosen to lead the first Camry new model changeover team receiving extensive training in manufacturing model change at the design headquarters of Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan. In 1993 she was chosen to lead the assembly plant expansion project allowing Toyota to double their manufacturing capacity to 500,000 units per year.

Cheryl had the opportunity to supervise in various divisions within manufacturing during her 22 year career at Toyota. She has extensive knowledge of final vehicle assembly, including parts delivery from supplier to vehicle assembly, robotic painting processes using solvent borne and waterborne paints and the Toyota Production System.

She also served as Vice President of power train, production control, building facilities, diversity advisor, senior advisor to the Women’s Leadership Network organization and operations development group.

In 2005 Cheryl received international experience working as Toyota’s Senior Advisor at their truck manufacturing facility in Baja Mexico. Her responsibilities included all aspects of manufacturing and administration in the role of mother plant support and training to guarantee the successful launch of Toyota’s only Mexico manufacturing plant.

Upon her return from Mexico her responsibilities were expanded to include production control, power train, administration, and cost management at Toyota’s largest North American manufacturing facility, TMMK, Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky. She was also assigned as the regional team leader for all six Toyota North American assembly plants self-reliance initiative.

Cheryl’s awards and accomplishments include 2005 Automotive News Top 100 Women in the Automotive Industry. She has been a lecturer at Ohio State and Harvard University on topics of the Toyota Production System.  She had lead Toyota North American Women’s Leadership initiatives such as the Women’s Leadership Exchange Network as a senior advisor, and In the Interest of Women.

She has a broad understanding of Toyota global production strategies to improve market competitiveness within each region from the Global Production Summits held in Japan. Initiatives were also implemented for standardization of global engine production to decrease cost and increase flexibility at the Power train Global Production Summits. During her career she has supported various community organizations such as the United Way of the Bluegrass and served on the executive committee for Bluegrass Tomorrow regional economic planning in Lexington Kentucky. She had the honor to serve as an advisory board member for Midway College to expand post-secondary education opportunities for career working individuals.

Cheryl is beginning her second career focusing on teaching manufacturing and systems implementation utilizing her extensive Toyota Production experience and knowledge.

She is currently working with the University of Kentucky Lean Systems Program.



We are pleased to be able to offer a limited number of free places for jobseekers on our network programmes subject to funding being available. Please click on the following link to check if you meet Jobseekers eligibility criteria

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